Nathan Horton will test free agency. The Bruins told Jaromir Jagr during last week’s exit meetings that he will not be back, and Horton’s decision will most likely not affect that situation.
So with their top two right wings headed elsewhere, the Bruins are looking at free agents and trades to fill out the position.
“We’re doing a thorough sweep of those guys,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said during a conference call on Wednesday. “With Nathan gone, we’re going to look to the right side and assess how we can reconstruct the right side – the players from within who may be able to fill it, and a sweep of players available in trades and free agency. I’d like to think we’re a destination for an older player, older, relatively speaking, who wants a chance to win.”
The free agency signing period in the NHL begins on Friday.
The Bruins lost out on Vincent Lecavalier. The former Tampa Bay captain agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday. Lecavalier would have had to change positions in Boston, and the Bruins were not prepared to give him the contract he landed with the Flyers.
Pascal Dupuis is also off the market. Sidney Crosby’s right wing signed a four-year, $15 million extension with the Penguins.
Other possibilities include Jarome Iginla, Dan Cleary, and Michael Ryder. A darkhorse is Daniel Alfredsson if the Ottawa captain decides not to re-up with the Senators. The Bruins can speak to free agents on the phone during the current interview period.
Internally, this may be Jordan Caron’s best shot at regular playing time. The Bruins qualified Caron, who is now a restricted free agent. Re-signing Caron should not be a challenge.
* Chiarelli said he’s confident he can re-sign Rask prior to Friday. The Bruins have not ruled out re-signing Anton Khudobin, even if the backup reaches the open market.
* The Bruins are not looking at defensemen, according to Chiarelli.